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1888 N173 Old Judge Cabinet Mike "King" Kelly - SGC EX/NM 80

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $16,450

Graded EX/NM 80 by SGC. One of only two examples graded at this level by SGC, with none graded higher. 1888 N173 Goodwin Old Judge cabinet card of Hall of Famer Mike "King" Kelly with Boston (batting pose). This is an ideal example of one of the all-time classic nineteenth-century cabinet cards and one of the most impressive of all "King" Kelly cards. All Old Judge cabinets are extremely desirable, as are all examples of Hall of Famers, and Mike "King" Kelly is one of the most prominent of all nineteenth-century Hall of Famers. He was also nicknamed "$10,000 Kelly" after Chicago sold his contract for that amount to Boston following the 1886 season. At the time, $10,000 was an unheard of sum for a player, but Kelly was so great and such a popular draw with fans that he was worth it. This is a stunning card! The image on this card is very bold. Extremely clean, both front and back. Spectacular contrast (far superior to what is normally found on this card). In Ex-Mt condition with a Mint appearance. This highly graded example is one of a recent exciting find of four N173s, all new to the hobby, which included three Hall of Famers, all consigned to this auction. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000+. SOLD FOR $16,450

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